The Lesson Planning Checklist

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When I first started teaching, I spent HOURS planning one solitary lesson! I couldn’t comprehend how a teacher could work full-time hours with all the planning you had to do.  Eventually this got easier; my lessons plans got shorter as my teaching became more instinctive, yet many times I felt that I didn’t really get to the heart of my lesson.… continue...

Adapting and Supplementing your Coursebook.

creative-peopleDoes this situation sound familiar to you?

You work in a language school where there is a syllabus designed around a coursebook. You feel a certain pressure from management, parents or students themselves to ‘get through’ the whole thing– course books are expensive after all.… continue...

4 Ways to Use Literature in Class.

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There is no question that literature can be daunting for language learners. Many of my students experience of learning English was translating entire books word-for-word into their own language at high school – I remember one student who spent 4 years translating ‘1984’ in English lessons.… continue...

Critical Thinking – Making the most of your coursebook

Critical ThinkingI joined in yesterday in the Macmillan Education online conference and Ed Newbon’s webinar in particular on Critical Thinking Skills really got me, well…thinking.
He argued that our role as teachers is changing, that nowadays it is not enough for students to only speak English, they need to have transferable skills for work, studies etc.… continue...

Student Assessment: Long Live the Gap Fill?

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Is summative testing a thing of the past?  Although standardized tests have their place in official high-stakes exams, do they have a deserved place in today’s classrooms?

Marking tests based on the language system (grammar and vocabulary), teachers can be confident that an answer is either right or wrong …but it’s not that straight-forward when assessing language skills and usage, is it?… continue...

The Dog Ate My Homework- A guide to ESL study skills.

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Most of the students I have in class are fairly organised, they file worksheets away and write down new vocabulary in their notebook. I have the occasional organisational machine who has their phrasal verbs listed alphabetically on note-cards and is hoarding folder dividers for fear of an upcoming apocalypse.… continue...

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